Welcome to Page 3... Day
- Page 3 (Friday, May 25th, 2007) A
continuation of the festivities at the VIP Dinner.
Gregg Palmer and Emily
Michael and Ed Faulkner
Emily and A.C. Lyles
Most of you should know the background on these people but for those of
you that don't here's some facts. First we have Gregg Palmer and my
Palmer is probably best know for his role in Big Jake as the big bad
fat man that killed "Dog". But he was also in several other
movies with Duke: The Commancheros, The Undefeated, Chisum, Rio
Lobo, Big Jake and The Shootist. Other than that he was in
everything you can think of from The Lone Ranger to Have Gun/Will
Travel and even Star Trek: TOS. He does an amazing story and
imitates Duke, Gary Cooper, Jimmy Stewart and Red Cloud He also
does another little imitation that is just fantastic that I will put on
Next we have myself and Ed Faulkner. Ed was also in several movie
with Duke, the most notable one for me was The Green Beret. But
he was also in: McLintock, Hellfighters, The Undefeated, Chisum and Rio
Lobo. He also did roles in Have Gun/Will Travel, Rawhide,
Bonanza, The Virginian, The Mod Squad and even Gunsmoke. He was a
great guy to talk to, actually all of them were really down to earth.
Last but not least for the VIP Dinner is A.C. Lyles. AC has been
working at Paramount since he was 9 years old and now he's 89 so he's
been at Paramount for over 79 years. AC has done several things
through out his career, as an actor he was in The Hunt for Red October,
he was a crew member in a few episodes of HBO's Deadwood, everyone
should remember that series. As a Producer he did episodes of
Rawhide and many other shows. Him and Duke were very good friends
as was Ronald Reagan. Reagan commissioned him to sit on a couple
Advisory Councils and eventually awarded him the George Washington Award of the Freedoms
George Washington Award of the Freedoms
We did have a politician speak, (they put me to sleep), Brownback I
think his name was, it's someone the Wayne family is endorsing but I
doubt he has much chance for President. Ethan was suppose to make
the dinner but was help up at Orange County airport. He got
bumped or something and ended up missing the festivities. There
were a couple of audio interviews, first with Harry Carey, Jr.
These were done prior to the celebration since they couldn't make the
dinner. The other audio interview was with Maureen O'Hara.
You could tell she would have really wanted to be there but her health
was a factor from what I'm told. She expressed her feelings of a
very special friendship with Duke. Her favorite movie she did
with him was "The Quiet Man". Maureen said: "Without being
political, through his acting, he had a message. He continues to
show there is bravery and heart in this country."
The remainder of the
evening included some presentations and an auction. First Carolyn
Wilson, the Manager of the Birthplace/Gift Shop, was presented with a
plaque by David Trask, Chairman of the Birthplace Board, for her years
of service and devotion. On the plaque was a picture of a new
flag that her and
her husband had put up in front of the Birthplace. Excuse the
fuzzy picture, I thought I would have had a better seat buying my
invitation early but I got stuck way in the back of the room.
Birthplace Gift Shop
Carolyn Wilson & David Trask
A couple things they brought up
before the auctions started. They recognized a couple from
Peoria, Illinois by the name of Nick and Terri Schaub, who founded the
bronze statue fund years ago and have contributed to it
regularly. The fund now totals over $20,000 with contributions
from them and other for the last several years. I'll be showing
you the statue later. Another item is the saddle also
on the main webpage here... they wanted to make sure everyone knew
about the raffle and that you'd be buying a chance to win that $10,000
saddle which was bought and donated to the new museum. So all
money brought in from the raffle goes straight to the new museum fund.
Next was the auction. It went sort of fast so I didn't get a
chance to snap any pictures and I think some of the items were
unplanned. But here is a brief synopsis of what was auctioned and
what things went for...
10 DVD's of John Wayne Movies - $200.
100 Yr. Centennial Poster (Full Sized) signed by Michael Bryan -
Lobby Cards of "Big Jake" - 2 Sets - Each set went for $250.
A white Stetson hat worn and signed by Melinda Munoz - $250.
A black Stetson hat worn and signed by Father Matt Munoz - $400.
A white Stetson hat signed by Melinda and Father Matt - $450.
An original theater marquee poster from Rooster Cogburn, signed by
family members - $350.
I'm sure there were a few other items but my wife was doing the writing
while I was doing the bidding.
One last item I do remember was a full sized original theater poster
from the movie "The Quiet Man". This was donated by Brian Downes,
the person who put together the John Wayne Birthday Wild West Revue, to
be put up on eBay for auction. The only requirement Brian had was that
the starting bid be $15,000. Yes, I said
fifteen thousand dollars. It was one of those huge original
posters and it was in mint condition. I've been told it has not
gone up for auction yet. If your an extreme collector you can certainly
call the Birthplace and they can tell you who to call to take about the
poster. The wife just wouldn't let me go down that road. We're running
of wall space anyway.
The two people in the picture are Mary Terry, Chairperson of the
Centennial Committee and the Auctioneer Pat Corkrean.
After we were done with the auction we were thanked for coming and were
told we could mingle and talk with the co-stars or family
members. I tried to bid on a couple things but you know, the wife
just didn't understand the value of a good collectible. That's
okay... I ended up getting something I wanted the next day that made up
for not getting any of the auction items. We left the Stoney
Creek Inn and retired to our hotel about 20 minutes away. it has
been one long day, a full morning of traveling then checking out
Winternet and then the VIP Dinner. More to come... stay
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